The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits, which includes dental cleanings every year. At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, you are typically recommended oral hygiene visits after every six months. However, if you have exceptionally good oral health, the frequency of visits may also be reduced.
Why are Dental Cleanings Done?
Dental cleanings, or dental prophylaxis, is a purely preventive measure that is taken to reduce the risk of dental caries and periodontal disease.
There are many dental problems in their early stages that you may be unaware of. These problems are often not visible to the naked eye and cause no pain. Most commonly, dental plaque accumulates on your teeth and hardens, turning into calculus or tartar. Even with meticulous brushing and flossing at home, the hardened calculus cannot be removed. If your teeth are not cleaned professionally, it can lead to periodontal diseases and cavities that may eventually result in tooth loss. However, a prophylaxis appointment can help us detect a problem in its early stage and nip it in the bud before it takes root.
Simple procedures like dental cleanings can prevent the need for costly dental treatments later on, and they only require you to visit us twice a year.
What Dental Cleanings Involve
Depending on the condition of your mouth, the time it takes to perform a dental cleaning can vary; however, it usually only takes 30 to 60 minutes to perform.
Dental cleaning involves several steps:
After a dental cleaning, your mouth will feel fresh, and your teeth will look smooth, clean, and white.
When it comes to the health of your teeth, regular dental cleanings are extremely vital. Typically, we recommend you visit us every six months, but people who have periodontal diseases may need to come in every two months. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (425) 738-8476 today.